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April 16, 2014

The Cara Effect: Eyebrow Surgery is on the Rise

Women who have plucked their eyebrows into oblivion are seeking a fuller, more natural look in the vein of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins. Dr. Robert Dorin, a NYC Hair Restoration Specialist, tells us about the rising trend in brow transplants and why strong eyebrows can look great on any woman.

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Who are the women who seek this treatment?

Requests for this treatment comes mainly from women who have previously over-plucked, over-waxed, or over-groomed, which can permanently damage the follicle and leave the women with thinning or virtually no eyebrows. However, other reasons for performing the eyebrow transplant procedure include electrolysis, genetics, low thyroid and other hormonal etiologies, and trauma.

How quickly does the hair grow?

The hair begins to slowly regrow in two to three month and will start to look aesthetically fuller in six to seven months, but will take 10-12 months for full development.

Related: The History of Women and their Eyebrows

Who would you for recommend this treatment?

Anyone who wants a more permanent solution to his or her thin brows other than daily use of a brow pencils, shapers, etc. This procedure also allows for a more natural arch and overall look.

How exactly does the treatment work?

Eyebrow transplants are a technically-demanding procedure that involves careful planning. The eyebrow position must be artistically designed and then filled in with single and double hair grafts. The grafts must be meticulously placed at specific angles and directions of growth in order to mimic the natural eyebrow.

Where did the idea for the treatment come from?

I'm not sure who is credited as the first surgeon to perform eyebrow transplantation, but it is essentially a natural extension and application from hair restoration surgery on the scalp. I have been performing this procedure for over 12 years and have now noticed a significant increase in patients asking to restore their brow follicles for a more natural appearance.

Is the process reversible?

Unlike tattooing, dying, or other attempts to enhance the brow, eyebrow transplantation is a permanent solution that uses state-of-the-art follicular unit transplantation to create a fully natural look with your own hair. Eyebrow transplant results are virtually undetectable, with the transplanted hairs blending right in with the existing brow.

Why do stronger brows make a face more attractive?

Since eyebrows are a key landmark on the face, natural-, thicker-looking eyebrows promote a softer appearance and enhance the face.

Related: Seven Photos of Cara Delevingne's Eyebrows Because Why Not

Do you ever tell anyone they don’t have the face for strong brows?

Eyebrow restoration is a highly artistic procedure in which a brow is individually designed based on the facial type, features, and results personally desired. An experienced physician considers the arch shape, appropriate thickness of hair, space between brows, and brow length.

This post originally appeared on harpersbazaar.com.

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